On March 27 and 28, 2019, in Ottawa, Ontario, the Vanier Institute of the Family will host the Families in Canada Conference 2019 – a national, pan-Canadian conference with simultaneous satellite regional conferences co-hosted by our university partners across the country.
This unique and inclusive series of events will bring together diverse leaders from across Canada who study, serve and support families for two days of research, knowledge-sharing and engaging conversation focused on our conference theme: THINK BIG: How can we use “Big Data” to inform and inspire big ideas to optimize family well-being in Canada?
Through conversations in the plenary and panel sessions and a variety of networking opportunities, the Families in Canada Conference 2019 will allow delegates and leaders from across Canada to…
- Connect people who study, serve and/or support families in Canada in the government, research, non-profit and private sectors – relationships that will be leveraged to form robust knowledge and resource networks. Connections will be made and strengthened at the main conference and nationally through the simultaneous virtual satellite conference events being held across Canada in partnering universities.
- Collaborate to share interdisciplinary research and cross-cultural/cross-sectoral insights on families in Canada, which will provide fresh perspectives to those who study, serve and support families while encouraging and facilitating intersectional family research.
- Create and cultivate new resources for those who study, serve and support families in Canada, including a Canadian Family Researchers Network, which will provide a foundation for evidence-based policies, programs, practices and services; a Canadian Index of Family Well-Being to track progress and family well-being; and a revised Social Policy Monitors to track changes in policies and laws affecting families.
Speakers, delegates and stakeholders will gather either at the national conference in Ottawa or at regional satellite locations across the country (to be announced). This hybrid delivery method allows delegates to participate from near and far to engage in meaningful conversations to generate BIG IDEAS for BIG IMPACT on families.